Cast & Creative 2017-10-26T23:56:56+00:00

CAST

Gabrielle Dion
Gabrielle Dionas Ily
Gabby is beyond excited to perform in this hilarious production! She is a Theatre Major/Business Minor at SUNY Plattsburgh and has participated in regional theatre for six years. Some of her favorite past roles include Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family (PDC), Tricia in Dog Sees God (SUNY Purchase), and Natalie in Next To Normal (ETC). When Gabby isn’t performing she loves to cuddle with her three cats. She feels honored to perform at the beautiful Strand Theatre alongside such a talented cast and crew. She would like to thank everyone who made this production possible! Enjoy the show!
Nathan Barber
Nathan Barberas Arthur
Nathan is absolutely thrilled to be taking on the role of Arthur. This is Nathan’s first ever lead role, and he is excited to be working with such a talented group of individuals on such a great show. You may or may not recognize Nathan from Chazy Music Theatre’s “Parents Just Don’t Understand: A Revue” in various roles, and Adirondack Regional Theatre’s production of “The Producers,” also in various roles. After taking a long hiatus from the theater from 2009 – 2016, he is glad to be back among such a supportive and enthusiastic community. To the cast: break a leg! To anyone coming to see the show: you will not be disappointed!
Sara Welch Munson
Sara Welch Munsonas Gloria
Sara is excited to be a part of this amazing production and to be on stage at the beautiful Strand Theatre. Sara has performed in local community theater with Clinton Community College and Chazy Music Theatre. Some of her favorite roles have been; Rose in Gypsy and Mrs. MacAfee in Bye Bye Birdie. Sara works as a Homefinder at Behavioral Health Services North and is the current Board President of Chazy Music Theatre. Congratulations to the entire cast and crew for putting together an incredible show and special thanks to Dan, Vivienne, Jackie and production staff for allowing her to bring this role to life. Special thanks to her family and friends for all their support and love, especially her boy, Finn.
Tracy DeCoste
Tracy DeCosteas Vivian Lund
Tracy is so excited to be a part of this wonderful, original production and to work alongside such talented people and perform on the beautifully renovated Strand Theatre stage. She has been a member of Chazy Music Theatre (CMT) since 1996 with her first show being Fiddler on the Roof. Throughout the years, she has been very fortunate to play roles such as Eve/Mama Noah in Children of Eden, Martha (a Yorkshire girl) in Secret Garden, The Sour Kangaroo in Seussical the Musical, Aida in AIDA, and Trix the Aviatrix in The Drowsy Chaperone. In addition, she gave back to the organization by serving on the CMT Board of Directors for many years. In real life, Tracy works for the Clinton County Real Property Office as an Assessment Control Examiner, a position she’s had for seven years. She has also been a Tastefully Simple Consultant since 2014, and has been seen singing in a band here and there. Many thanks to all involved in making this production come to life. It is truly an honor to work with all of you. Wishing you all many blessings. Enjoy the show!
Gina Lindsey
Gina Lindseyas Eleanor
Gina Lindsey (Eleanor) is a communication professor at Clinton Community College, and she has been doing theatre at CCC since 2010. Some favorite roles with the Clinton Drama Club include Enid in Legally Blonde the Musical (2014), and Lucy the Slut in Avenue Q (2016). Gina also co-directed the play Almost, Maine (2017) this past spring. In addition, she has done two shows with Chazy Music Theatre (she especially loved playing Mae Peterson in 2015’s Bye Bye Birdie), and murder mystery dinners with Adirondack Regional Theatre, Moreover, she performs monthly as a featured vocalist in cabaret-style burlesque show called Scarlett N’ the Rough. Gina is very excited and extremely honored to be reprising her role as Eleanor in Dan Gallagher’s The Art of Living this fall at The Strand!
Mark Preston
Mark Prestonas Shakespeare
Mark Preston is a recent graduate of Clinton Community College and is currently attending SUNY Plattsburgh as an Environmental Science major. His previous acting experience is entirely made up of reading in funny voices to an audience of one, age six. Mark has wanted to try his hand at a bigger stage for some time but has only recently found the courage and motivation to take the leap.
Chad Hebert
Chad Hebertas Elvis and Toby
Chad is beyond excited to be returning to The Art of Living for its revival at the historic Strand in Plattsburgh. It’s truly an honor for him to be involved in this production once again with so many familiar faces and with some great new additions to the AOL family. Chad cannot wait for our community, far and wide, to experience this incredible, original production. A big shout out to Dan and Liane for getting the “band” back together. AOL “17 here we come!!
Ayhan Ozyesil
Ayhan Ozyesilas Casanova
Ayhan is from Sunnyside, Queens New York. He grew up with a penchant for entertainment. Even as a child he loved acting. His dad is from Turkey and his mother is from Ecuador, and they pushed him to do his best at whatever it was he did. Ayhan came to Plattsburgh for a year in 2005 before leaving to travel the world. He returned to Plattsburgh in 2010, met his soon-to-be-wife, and has been happier than ever since. His favorite role thus far was playing the lead in “Bang Bang You’re Dead”. That is until now of course :).
Matt Rock
Matt Rockas Eddie and Valentino
Matt Rock is excited to be working on this production of The Art of Living. He was part of the original cast and is amazed at seeing how much the show has grown. He is thrilled about being able to work with new and old friends alike and can’t wait for people to fall in love with this show all over again.
Jessica Rigby
Jessica Rigbyas Tiffany
Jessica Rigby got her start in Musical theatre at the age of seven as a dog patch kid in CMT’s production of Lil’ Abner. She has since been involved in many productions both on and off stage, most recently, tech for CCC’s Spamalot. Jessica is excited to reprise one of her favorite roles to date, that of Tiffany in The Art of Living. When not in the theater, Jessica keeps herself busy as a heavily involved student at CCC and by collecting hobbies.
Tim Palkovic
Tim Palkovicas Sherlock Holmes
Tim got involved with the first staging of The Art of Living a year and a half ago. After rehearsal he observed Dan Gallagher painting yards of scenery by himself. Tim offered his paintbrush and off he went on a wild ride. Flash forward to this summer. The set that Tim designed for the revised production was built in Dan and Liane’s garage, Tim contributed trim and paint work while anticipating playing the iconic English sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, with Laura and the others in the talented cast. The wild ride continues. PS Tim doesn’t have a dark side.
Laura Palkovic
Laura Palkovicas Dr. Watson
Laura is happy to be returning to The Art of Living in a new incarnation as Dr. Watson to her husband Tim’s Sherlock Holmes. This is the first time they have had the opportunity to act together as related characters. Laura would like to explore this further, possibly as Martha to Tim’s George someday in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Tim says no, as a) it might destroy their marriage, and b) he doesn’t possess the requisite dark side. As for a), Laura says, ‘possibly’. As for b) – ‘bwahaha!’ Thanks, Dan, Liane and everyone involved.
Jackie Robertin
Jackie Robertinas Rocco Antonucci
Jacqueline Robertin has been doing theater for over 20 years. Daughter of an Air Force veteran, she spent her childhood in various parts of Italy, Greece, and Turkey, always in love with the different cultural styles of dance. She fell in love with theater though, here in America, while she was in high school, and has had a passion for it ever since.
Joe Vicencio
Joe Vicencioas Maury
Joe got his start in theater in high school during a reenactment of the Battle of Plattsburgh. From that performance, his love for drama grew, and he joined musical after musical. His dream is to be loved and respected by many, for he is an aspiring actor.
Beth Abair
Beth Abairas Sophie Manon
Beth is a SUNY Plattsburgh graduate with a BA of Arts majoring in Theatre. She is also a member of Alpha Psi Omega, the national theatre honor society. Beth’s favorite roles to date include Cathy in The Last Five Years, Diana in Next to Normal, Christine in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Janet in Rocky Horror Show, Catherine in Suddenly Last Summer, and Stevie in The Goat or Who is Sylvia. Beth is very excited to work with the talented production team and cast on this show. She would like to thank everyone involved for the chance to be a part of The Art of Living.
Allie Racette
Allie Racetteas Ghost Ensemble
Allie spent her middle school and high school years deeply involved with Saranac High School’s Drama Club as a cast member in five plays and six musicals. She took a brief hiatus from theater while she earned her BA in Professional Writing from SUNY Potsdam, but returned to the theater world as a cast member in Chazy Music Theatre’s 2017 musical revue, Parents Just Don’t Understand! Allie now serves as Secretary on the CMT Board. When she’s not on stage, Allie works as a freelance writer and editor, and pursues her dream of becoming a best-selling YA author.

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Jamie Roberts
Jamie Robertsas Ghost Ensemble
Jamie Roberts is honored to be in the original cast! She’s performed in 27 community productions, you may have seen her here at the Strand last year as Ulla in “The Producers.” She is employed at Regal Cinemas as an Associate Manager. Jamie is a junior at SUNY Plattsburgh studying theatre and hopes to go to grad school to study youth development and eventually work in children’s theatre.

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Kristine Roberts
Kristine RobertsGhost Ensemble
Kristine Roberts is a community member, born and raised in Plattsburgh, NY. She attended SUNY Plattsburgh, where she received her B.S. in Political Science, and explored and expanded appreciation for the arts with minors in English and Theater. After living, working, and attending graduate school in Albany, NY, she returned to Plattsburgh in 2011 to raise her daughter. She spends her days working for a local nonprofit and recently became active in the local theater community, having appeared in CCC’s production of “Almost, Maine”, and currently performing in the monthly cabaret-variety show Scarlett ‘N the Rough.
Samara Latremore
Samara Latremoreas Ghost Ensemble
Samara Latremore is very excited to be a part of The Art of Living. It has been a pleasure working on this show with the very talented cast and crew members. It’s an honor to take part in a musical that was written by Dan Gallagher, a local author who is committed to arts advancements in our region. Samara was most recently seen in Parents Just Don’t Understand with CMT. She was also part of Bye Bye Birdie (CMT) as Gloria Rasputin, Avenue Q (CCC) as Christmas Eve, and Phenomenal Woman, Phenomenally (CCC) as Eurydice. Samara is an economist who finds joy in acting and working her artistic side.

CREATIVE CREW

Dan Gallagher
Dan GallagherPlaywright and Lyricist
Dan Gallagher has done some plays. This is one of them.

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Vivienne Deane
Vivienne DeaneComposer
Vivienne has been singing since an early age, where she entertained her family and friends. As a professional, Vivienne has sung for television, radio and live engagements such as the International Jazz Festival, and recorded for numerous albums. Vivienne continues to sing, teach and direct choirs in Montreal. She is presently composing and arranging for a Musical comedy that’s to be presented in the near future.

www.viviennedeane.com

Jackie Robertin
Jackie RobertinDirector and Choreographer
Jacqueline Robertin has been doing theater for over 20 years. Daughter of an Air Force veteran, she spent her childhood in various parts of Italy, Greece, and Turkey, always in love with the different cultural styles of dance. She fell in love with theater though, here in America, while she was in high school, and has had a passion for it ever since. Over the past 17 years, she has choreographed over 70 shows, and over the past 12 years, directed over 40, for community theater groups and high school drama clubs all over the North Country.
Jennifer Moore
Jennifer MooreMusical Director
Jennifer holds degrees in both piano performance (Purchase College, SUNY) and music education (Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam) and currently teaches PreK-12 music for the Willsboro Central School District in NY. Her performances have taken her to Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, the Chicago Cultural Center, UNESCO (Paris), the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Essex Community Concert Series, and a New Year’s Gala for the Middlebury Town Hall Theater with Broadway and London’s West End leading lady, Alisa Endsley, and many regional venues in the Adirondacks.

Direct contact: (518) 396-6640

Liane Tusa
Liane TusaProducer
Liane Tusa is a mother, a wife and a daycare owner/operator. She has always loved working on special projects. Whether it be renovating an old house or creating a special environment for children to play she has been highly rewarded by these experiences. She loves to see the finished product and people enjoying the creation.

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Rachel Stander
Rachel StanderAssistant Producer
Rachel Stander is an actor, photographer, and producer’s assistant with a particular interest in cultivating and shepherding stories about challenging, complex women. Before that, she was a dancer. And before that, she was really good at climbing trees.
Nikki Hilchey
Nikki HilcheyStage Manager
Nikki has been working on the technical aspects of shows since 1999 locally and in the Elmira area. Nikki has stage managed and been involved in other technical work with Adirondack Regional Theatre, Peru Music Theatre, Essex Theatre Company, Willsboro Drama Club, Ausable Valley Players, Peru Drama Club, and Clinton Community College’s Drama Club. Nikki also fundraises for Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York.
Olivia Storms
Olivia StormsAssistant Stage Manager
This is the eleventh show Olivia has been a part of. She is going into her junior year of high school and hopes that she will have the opportunity to do many more! She enjoys all the aspects of theater including set design, tech, crew, acting and singing. This is the third production that she will be stage managing and she loves it! She wants to thank the cast, crew and her friends for the opportunity!
Tim Palkovic
Tim PalkovicSet Designer
Tim Palkovic is Professor Emeritus of Theater Arts at Plattsburgh State University where he served as a theater teacher, designer and director of plays. Tim received his PhD in Theater Arts from from The University of Minnesota in 1977 and BA and MA from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. He served, during a sabbatical, as illustrator and designer for the Howard Harrill Company in North Carolina. He has also designed for the Depot Theater and Chazy Music Theater. In the summer Tim can be seen about town painting en-plein air with his easel and poch’e box. He is an active member of the figure drawing group that meets at the Strand Theater Center.
Julieta Hood
Julieta HoodCostumes
Seamstress has been Julieta’s hobby since she was in college. She learned as a child watching her mom making beautiful dresses for hersisters and other people. Seeing her mother’s customers so happy with her work made an impact on Julieta, and she wanted to do the same. She has been a volunteer for the Chazy Music Theater, Guibord’s North Country School of Ballet and The North Country Skating Club. Currently she makes alterations for wedding and other prom gowns from Laura’s Bridal and other wedding gown stores.
Mason Barber
Mason BarberDirector's Assistant
Mason Barber is honored to be a part of this amazing production. He is a senior at Peru High School and has been performing in regional theatre since he was 7. Of the many shows he’s worked on, his favorites include The Addams Family (PDC), Next to Normal (ETC), and Spamalot (CCC). When he’s not working on a show (which is unlikely), he is a sales associate at DSW. Additionally, Mason serves as the Vice President of the Peru Drama Club. He would like to thank the creative team for this opportunity to work on this magnificent show, but a special thank you to Jackie Robertin for being such an influence this past year.

ORCHESTRA

Amy Darst
Amy DarstDrum Set
Amy Darst is a Junior at Peru High School and has been playing percussion for 7 years. She is a member of the Adirondack Youth Orchestra and the school concert and jazz bands. Her past productions include Peru Drama Clubs’ Aida, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Adams Family, and the Adirondack Regional Theaters’ The Producers. She also plays varsity soccer, indoor track, and softball. She would like to thank Jennifer Moore for this opportunity and her family for all their support.
Anastasia Pratt
Anastasia PrattBass
Anastasia L. Pratt is an Associate Professor of Historical Studies at SUNY Empire State College and the Historian for Clinton County. She started playing the bass in the 4th grade and performs in orchestras across the North Country. Anastasia is also a member of the group Towne Meeting.
Bill Long
Bill LongGuitar
Born in NJ, Bill attended public schools in Mahwah, where he discovered his love of music and began learning how to play the trumpet, guitar and harmonica. During his freshman year in high school his family moved to Saranac, NY. It was there he started experimenting with other brass instruments, joined the Strawhatter community band, and by the end of his senior year had acquired his third trumpet and first bass guitar. After a year at Crane he left school and took a hiatus from music to learn the machinist trade (he still works as a machinist – in the Maintenance Dept at Plattsburgh State). Bill has had the opportunity to perform (on trumpet, guitar or bass) with several college ensembles and as a pit orchestra member in numerous local high school musicals. As a member of Buglers Across America, Bill sounds taps for local military funerals whenever he is available. He has also begun to play the bagpipes and fife and is still struggling to improve his banjo pickin’ skills! When he is not playing music somewhere Bill also enjoys amateur astronomy, camping & canoeing, War of 1812 reenacting and riding his motorcycle. He is looking forward to retirement and wondering what instrument he will try to learn next…perhaps a concertina!
Bill Stokes
Bill StokesViolin
Bill Stokes is a violinist, guitarist, song writer and arranger. He played for 25 years with the Florida West Coast Symphony Orchestra, and maintained a busy schedule in musical theater. He played in orchestras throughout Florida, and with the Vermont Symphony for three summers.
Herm Matlock
Herm MatlockTrumpet
Herm has taught at every academic level from fifth grade through graduate degree programs. He is currently a retired educator, and is on the adjunct staff at SUNY Plattsburgh, where he was a full time professor and music department chairman during the 1970s and 80s. He has performed with such pop stars as Aretha Franklin and the Temptations, and such jazz figures as Clark Terry and Ed Shaughnessy. He is also a high school basketball referee in Section X of New York State athletics.
Jennifer Moore
Jennifer MoorePiano
Jennifer holds degrees in both piano performance (Purchase College, SUNY) and music education (Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam) and currently teaches PreK-12 music for the Willsboro Central School District in NY. Her performances have taken her to Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, the Chicago Cultural Center, UNESCO (Paris), the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Essex Community Concert Series, and a New Year’s Gala for the Middlebury Town Hall Theater with Broadway and London’s West End leading lady, Alisa Endsley, and many regional venues in the Adirondacks.

Direct contact: (518) 396-6640

Mike Nystoriac
Mike NystoriacTrombone
Originally from Troy, NY, Michael Nystoriak began his study of the trombone in 4th grade. Upon graduation from high school, he was accepted into the Crane School of Music’s Music Education program, at SUNY Potsdam, then he went on to Arizona State University to complete his Master’s Degree in Music Performance. Mike performs with Wally Seibel’s All Star Big Band, the Adirondack Wind Ensemble, the Rick Davies Latin/Funk Thugtet and the Adirondack Jazz Orchestra and has played behind Ray Vega, Ken Poplowski, Dennis Mackrel, Bret Zvacek, Michael Davis, Danny D’Imperio, Jay Leno, Jim Nabors, John Pizzarelli, Dennis DiBlasio, Jim McNeely, Tony DeSare, Steve Wilson, Nick Marchione, Sherrie Maricle, and others. For the past nineteen years, Mike has been on the music faculty at Beekmantown High School where he teaches instrumental music and other music classes.
Todd Pray
Todd PrayTenor Saxophone
Todd W. Pray currently serves as Band Director at Peru Central School, where he directs several bands and teaches small group instrument lessons to students in grades 5-12. Aside from his teaching career, Pray maintains an active performance schedule, regularly appearing with the Frontier Saxophone Quartet, the Adirondack Wind Ensemble, the Northern Symphonic Winds, and the Adirondack Jazz Orchestra. He also appears periodically as guest soloist or woodwind player for a wide variety of other ensembles. As a conductor, Pray has directed outstanding student musicians from Franklin, Clinton, and Essex Counties in the Adirondack Youth Orchestra since 2008. He has also led All-County bands and symphony orchestras in Clinton and Franklin Counties, and has served as conductor for several musicals presented by Peru Music Theatre, Adirondack Regional Theatre, and Peru Drama Club. Mr. Pray received his Master’s Degree in Saxophone Performance and Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the Ithaca College School of Music while studying with renowned saxophonist and pedagogue Dr. Steven Mauk.